The local authority is responsible for regulating private water supplies and ensuring that water is wholesome.
The Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009 require the local authority to risk assess and to monitor all private supplies, other than a supply to a single dwelling not used for any commercial activity. This brings into scope all supplies where 2 or more properties share a supply, workplaces and all commercial activity such as holiday accommodation, food businesses, short hold tenancies etc.
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There are many regulations which apply to the supply of drinking water many of which are
"Acts of parliament" and can lead to prosecution if not complied with.
It is the responsibility of the site owner to ensure that the drinking water* will not cause harm.
To ensure a safe drinking water supply The Private Water Regulations 2009 sets out maximum prescribed concentrations or values for chemical and microbiological parameters. These regulations cover all water supplies intended for human consumption.
* Drinking water is defined as water used for domestic purposes; drinking, food preparation, washing.
Watercare Systems Ltd can cary out risk assesments and provide information about your water supply based on our qualification and many years of experience in monitoring water quality, supplying treatment equipment and working with Environmental Health Offices.
Monitoring regimes are complex, dependant on classification of supply and volume of water used. Parameters to be sampled and analysed for are laid down in the regulations; though the local authority has discretion to exclude certain parameters if it is considered that they are unlikely to be present at a concentration that would cause concern.
The purpose of risk assessment is to establish whether there is a significant risk of supplying water that would constitute a potential danger to human health.
Further details of legislation can be found on the links below:
“Water intended for human consumption” means -
(a) All water either in its original state or after treatment, intended for drinking, cooking, food preparation or other domestic purposes, regardless of its origin and whether it is supplied from a distribution network, from a tanker, or in bottles or containers;
(b) All water used in any food-production undertaking for the manufacture, processing, preservation or marketing of products or substances intended for human consumption.
Health and Safety at Work Act:
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